Mindful Lent

You are invited to participate in a variety of opportunities to experience mindfulness through Lent.  Try different ways to live in the moment and be awakened and inspired by your thoughts and feelings.

Preparing for Mindful Lent: Tues February 6,  7-8:30 pm

Play “Mindfulness Scrabble” and begin the Lenten journey with candles to light your way. Led by Paul Hutchison, ESG Lead Minister & ESG members Christine Lawson & Janet Walker

Lent Worship Services:  Sun February 18 – Sun March 25,  10:30-11:30 am

Participate in worship services that incorporate mindfulness into music, reflection & prayer.

Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop:  Tues February 20,  7-8:30 pm

What’s all the buzz about mindfulness? What is it, why do we do it & how do we practice it? Led by John Callaghan, a meditation practitioner for over thirty years and workshop facilitator for the past twenty years.

Jazz Worship: Sun February 25 and March 11,  10:30-11:30 am

Enjoy the sounds of the Brian Barlow Jazz Quartet. Listen to improv as an exercise in mindfulness as the soloists connect to each other in the moment.

Prayer with the Songs of Taize: Tues February 27, 7- 8 pm

Taize is an ecumenical religious community in central France, founded by a Lutheran layman during the second world war. One hundred brothers, both Protestant and Catholic from thirty countries, want the life of the community “to be a sign of reconciliation in our world.” Taize has become one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage, and every year more than 100,000 youth from all over the world are welcomed.

Join us for an ecumenical service of reflective prayer nourished by singing, scripture, silence, & the lighting of candles.  Led by Don Parsons, ESG Pastoral Care Minister. Musical accompaniment by Tina Faye, pianist & organist, Laurie Hamilton, flutist in the North York Symphony Orchestra and Bryan Estabrooks, baritone lead at ESG.

Rev. Don Parsons wrote: ‘I have been fortunate to participate in four week-long experiences in Taize…….Taize has transformed my spiritual life, and enriched my ministry’

Camino to Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Experience & Communion : Sun March 4,  10:30-11:30 am

Life is a Pilgrimage and….Pilgrimage is a Life

ESG member Ken Smee will talk about his experiences on the Camino and the opportunity for new beginnings.  Communion will be shared.

Ken writes, ‘A pilgrim is a traveler going to a spiritual place, and walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela in Spain gradually transforms a walker into a pilgrim. What is it like on the Camino? In many ways, the Martin Sheen movie “The Way” shows what it is like. Walking about 25 kms each day provides lots of opportunity for mindfulness, or even meditation as you go along—you just have to make sure that you don’t get lost as a result of missing a turn on the trail! I will reflect on my Camino experiences, about new beginnings which can arise from going on what always turns into a pilgrimage.’

Yoga, Chant & Meditation:  Tues March 6,  7-8 pm

Come and experience a Gentle Yoga class, Kundalini Yoga mantra chant & a Yoga Nidra meditation.  Led by ESG member Heather Parker.

Mindful yoga involves bringing awareness to your breath, movement, posture, thoughts and emotions as you move through a series of yoga poses. Come and experience a gentle yoga class with a focus on coordinating movement with breath. We will begin with a series of poses, paying attention to the sensations in the body as we move. We will then focus our minds with a Kundalini yoga mantra chant, and will end with a yoga nidra meditation. Please bring your own mat if you have one.

Labyrinth Workshop & Walk: Mon  March 12 or Tues March 13 , 7 – 9 pm

Take a spiritual walk on the Labyrinth to quiet and centre yourself & bring contemplation.  Led by ESG member Cathie Stewart.  Labyrinth available during Church hours March 12-16.

Walking the Labyrinth is a spiritual practice gaining in recognition because it offers a sure path in uncertain times. The simple act of walking the Seven Circuit Medieval Labyrinth, in community, allows our quieter, more reflective mind to come forward. It nurtures self-reflection that, in our busy, challenging lives, we often do not have the ability to attain.

Loving Kindness Meditation: Tues March 27,  7-8 pm

Experience a guided meditation focusing on sending love to friends, family & the people who challenge us. Led by ESG member Patti Thompson.